More to attractions than meets the eye…

More to attractions than meets the eye…

Attractions have a lot of complicated parts, both intangible and tangible. They have a wider impact that many realize.  A whole mess of questions in a complicated world. Attractions evolve from the three environments:  socio-cultural, economic, and physical (natural and man-made).  They take many forms and trying to define them can be a delicate journey.  [...]

Attractions aren’t just pretty…

Attractions aren’t just pretty…

Attractions aren't just pretty places. For the most part they are the reasons why most people travel to a destination.  There is a whole list of different types.  Natural or man-made.  National parks to amusement parks to museums. Even restaurants and hotels can be attractions in and of themselves. So an attraction has a broad [...]

Location, Location, Location…

Location, Location, Location…

I have lived in a host of different cities, states and one country.  The depth of knowledge about those locations various with experience.  I love to get out and talk to people, and I've met some interesting people along the way.  I love to explore and more than likely will get lost.  I always find [...]

If you build it, will they come?

If you build it, will they come?

Yes and no, and if they do, not always will tourist return. Tourism, like any other industry, is a complex set of functions, processes, and activities. You can't develop an attraction without some thought to why you want it in the first place.  A feasibility study should be conducted of the area and thus, an audit [...]

Then that begs the question…

Then that begs the question…

In my previous post, I discussed why we study tourism goods and services, and as I sat at home last night, began to wonder, if I should not talk about my other classes, and their purpose. Why study tourism, development of tourist attractions, and international meeting planning? Why study the history of tourism as well [...]

Daily Prompt: Promises in tourism

Daily Prompt: Promises in tourism

When I begin classes, I have to revisit the tourism business environment.  I explain that the drivers of that system are information, money and promises.  Promises are paramount in meeting the expectations and wants of the consumer. A destination's marketing organization as well as individuals within the infrastructure, can paint this rosy picture, and beautifully [...]

Guest Cycle in Tourism…

Guest Cycle in Tourism…

If any of you have visited here before, there are several post devoted to the guest cycle. Most of these post have to deal with a hotel or lodging environment, but I wanted to devote some time to what it means in tourism. In tourism, the guest cycle is still cyclical in nature, in that [...]